According to data from Warp Speed Reads, a telecom and technology research firm, call volumes on WhatsApp and other app platforms jumped by 87% to 86.4 billion minutes in 2017 over 2016.
The TDSAT order would come as a relief to the country’s third largest private lender that had sought clarity from the tribunal after the DoT recent diktat to all telcos and officials not to accept new guarantees from Axis Bank.
A key reason, the regulator, said are "the dismal levels of wireline broadband connectivity in India," which at 7% is way below the 46% world average.
The govt has repeatedly said India does not wish to lag behind the rest of world on 5G, a next-generation technology that promises blistering download speeds of 20 GBs/second.
The iPhone maker does not manufacture phones, Macs or iPods on its own, but through contract manufacturers such as Foxconn, Wistron, Pegatron and others, that have large operations in China.
The direction had come after DoT said the bank had refused to comply with its order to invoke bank guarantees it had issued on behalf of Aircel, citing a stay by TDSAT.
TDSAT has issued notices to Airtel and Idea to file their responses to Jio’s impleading application and the matter will heard in its next hearing on April 17.
Aircel and its units Dishnet Wireless and Aircel Cellular have filed for bankruptcy after over four months of attempts to settle with lenders.
Experts add that the order could specifically benefit Bharti Airtel, which has also been issued a separate show cause notice by Trai on March 16.
The court will now hear the matter on April 13. It gave Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) time till March 28 to file counter-affidavits, and till April 6 to file rejoinders.
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